HONG KONG, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Organised by Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK), The 5th Hong Kong International Mobile Film Awards Ceremony was held today (March 26th, 2015) at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to honour winners of different award categories. Since 2011, the Hong Kong International Mobile Film Festival has honoured countless creative, quality local and overseas mobile films. This year, Winner of Grand Award, "Contacts" is directed by Yogev Yefet and Nir Berger from Israel. The story is about the aggravating and widespread phenomenon — the use of Whatsapp groups, which greatly influences the relationship among people. EMPTY SPACE, the Silver Winner of the 8th Hong Kong Mobile Film Production Contest’s Best Micro-film (Drama) Award, once again brought home the honour as the Bronze Award Winner of the Best Drama. With gorgeous visual effect, the film tells a story about a man taking a trip 10 hours before he leaves the Earth. The film shows the professional production standard for micro-drama in Hong Kong.
As a highlight of the Hong Kong International Mobile Film Festival, the 5th Hong Kong International Mobile Film Award involves professional judges from local film industry and other film festival partners in Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Israel, Korea, Mainland China, Singapore and Taiwan. Each of the judges has picked the top contestant from their home regions to compete in the final judging of the international awards. After rounds of professional judging by the industry representatives of Hong Kong and representatives of the festival partners, the winners were announced today at the award ceremony.
The 5thHong Kong International Mobile Film Awards Ceremony was held in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The organizers was honored to have Mr. Keith Li, Executive Committee Member, Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association as the Guests of Honor to officiate at the ceremony, while Mr. Wellington Fung Wing, Assistant Head (2) of Create HK, Mr. Norman Chan, Lecturer, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University and Mr. Felix Ip, Comic Artist were invited as award presenters. Representatives of festival partners and directors of the finalist also attended the ceremony. Mr. Keith Li, Executive Committee Member, Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association offered his welcome to the guests and remarked that: "The world and the video industry have been revolutionized by smartphones. Creativity has truly become limitless. It’s time for filmmakers to let their imagination fly, and to express their originality and creativity with no boundaries."
Other awarding winning films also exhibit excellence in storytelling and production techniques. Winner of the Gold Award of Best Animation goes to "The gullible kiss of Mr. Patokos" from Greece. It is a surrealistic story of projecting love, from the birth to the death of it. Winner of the Silver Award of Best Animation goes to "Red Spot" from Taiwan. It is based on a true story about thousands of seals that are hunted by hunters every year. When the hunters drag the seal bodies covered in blood all the way from the boat, they paint the road in red with blood. Winner of the Silver Award of Best Drama goes to "VICIOUS CIRCLE" from France which centers on the use of webcam.
The 5th Hong Kong International Mobile Film Awards Winner List
Gold – Israel "Contacts" Producers: Yogev Yefet / Nir Berger
Silver – France "VICIOUS CIRCLE" Producer: Sylvain Certain
Bronze – Hong Kong "Empty Space" Producer: Lo Wai Lun
Gold – Greece "The gullible kiss of Mr. Patokos" Producer: Alexandros Apostolakis
Silver – Taiwan "Red Spot" Producer: Huang Jui Feng
Bronze – Korea "Prey" Producer: Boyoung Kim
Grand Award – Israel "Contacts" Producers: Yogev Yefet / Nir Berger